A new blog look… hope it will lead me to some fresh ideas for new encaustic experiments.
I know it looks like a failed cake, but this is a big piece of beeswax (1.25 kg). All my encaustic materials are still in another country so I decided to collect and prepare some simple basics to start painting with hot wax again, because I miss it!
You don’t need much to make encaustic medium- The basic ‘stuff’ is made from Beeswax and Damar resin (85/15 %). The damar resin comes in crystal form, and is actually hardened tree sap.
It takes a while to melt, especially the Damar, but in order to speed up the process I’ve put the wax as well as the Damar into a plastic bag and gave it a few good whacks with a hammer. I used oil paint to pigment my medium and prepared 5 colours + transparant.
And now, if you’ll forgive me, I’m off to start pouring, painting and scrubbing!